28277 - Archaic and Classical Greek History (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student has appropriate training to scientific research in the field of Greek history. He has critical knowledge of Greek history, from its origins to the 4th century BC.He knows how to use the methods and tools of historical research and he can perform a specific search in the study area.

Course contents

Social passions and their concrete manifestations in Greek history of the archaic and classical age 

Individuals and groups motivated by different needs and distinguishable interior dispositions - sense of superiority, heated spirit of competition, anger and emulation, identity claims - have shaped the history of Greek cities. Situations of the archaic and classical age – foundations and re-foundations of the city, conflicts in the city and between cities and alliance treaties, disagreements and agreements between eminent personalities – will be examined as examples of this conceptual and pragmatic pattern examined through the reading of pertinent sources and literature relating to these themes.

A basic knowledge of the Greek language, in order to read directly literary texts and other sources, is strongly recommended; nevertheless, it is not strictly required for the attendance of the classes.



Attending students

The teacher will present the most important publications on the topic during the course.

The texts in Greek, accompanied by translation, will be reported and provided during the lessons directly by the teacher,

It is also expected the reading of five of the following contributions (chosen by the student):

- C. Bearzot, Alcibiade, Roma 2021, pp. 29-64 or pp. 102-161

- D. L. Cairns, Anger and the Veil in Ancient Greek Culture, "Greece & Rome", Vol. 48, No. 1, 2001, pp. 18-32

- P. Campeggiani, Iguales en las necesidades: intuiciones aristotélicas sobre el sentimiento de indignación, "Àgora", 33, 2014, pp. 185-197.

- A. Chaniotis, Moving stones: the study of emotions in Greek inscriptions, in A. Chaniotis (ed.), Unveiling Emotions. Sources and Methods for the Study of the Emotions in the Greek World, Stuttgart 2012, pp. 91-130

- M.E. De Luna, Dai luoghi alla stasis e viceversa, "RSA", 50, 2020, pp. 7-25

- S. Gastaldi, Envy and Rivalry in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, in P. Giacomoni et al. (eds.), The Dark Side: Philosophical Reflections on the “Negative Emotions”, Cham (Switzerland) 2021, pp. 65-80

- F. Landucci, L’aristocrazia di Samo tra opposizione e potere nella
seconda metà del V sec. a.C., in M. Sordi (ed.), Fazioni e congiure nel mondo antico, Milano 1999, pp. 115-133

- C. Viano, Aristotele, Eraclito e la forza irresistibile del thumos (22 B 85 DK), in “Doispontos: Revista dos Departamentos de filosofia da Universidad Federal do Paranà y da Universida Federal de São Carlos”, 10, 2013, pp. 169-188, URL: <http://dx.doi.org/10.5380/dp.v10i2.33592>.

For the historical background they must read: L. Breglia-F. Guizzi-F. Raviola, Storia greca, EdiSES, Napoli 2015 or M. Bettalli, Storia greca, Carocci, Roma 2013, or M. Giangiulio, Introduzione alla storia greca, Bologna 2021; and F. Muccioli, Storia dell’Ellenismo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019 (reprint 2020).

Students who are not going to attend the classes will agree on a specific program with the teacher during the reception hours.

Teaching methods

The course is mainly taught through lectures, with discussions on the sources and the teaching material.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered to be attending.

The exam is oral. The knowledge of the course content will be tested (lectures and suggested texts reading).

If the student achieves a complete vision of the topics discussed in class and required for the discipline, a good knowledge of the texts of scholarship, shows mastery of expression and of the specific language, both written (if required) and oral, he will obtain excellence in the evaluation.

Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology.

A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology.

For the course of Greek History (Archaic and Classical+Hellenistic History) the final score will be assigned by the two teachers together, after considering the evaluations in both parts.


This 6 CFU course can be chosen as a part of the 12 CFU Integrated Course Greek History (Archaic and Classical+Hellenistic History). If the student has the Integrated Course (12 CFU) in his/her study plan, the final grade will result from the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two parts.



Teaching tools

The sources and the teaching material will be available on the website of Unibo (the download is required: on the exam day, students have to bring with them the printed copy of the examined sources)

Office hours

See the website of Maria Elena De Luna


Quality education Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.